Community-Supported Agriculture programme (CSA)
Here’s our great film about Soil Association certified Swillington Organic Farm’s CSA.
We are looking for new memebrs – get in touch if your are interested
This scheme aims to procure meat to the highest animal welfare standards and supports local farming by giving the farmer a secure market. The Co-op is open to all and we are currently looking for new members for the next round of the schemes. The co-operative is run in conjunction with award-winning and Soil Association registered, Swillington Organic Farm in Leeds.
The Headingley Co-op pays Swillington Organic Farm in advance for the chickens which are then delivered to the Trusts′ Farmers Market for members to collect.
To join there is a one-off payment of around £2/3 for HDT members (£6 non-members) to cover administration costs. Then there is a monthly sum to be paid and then a date set for your chicken to be collected from the Market. The fowl co-op is a scheme which help to support local farming and local livelihoods. It has captured a bit of media interest too.
“It′s a great mutual solution: members have access to high quality poultry, humanely reared and killed at a reasonable price – certainly competitive with supermarket prices – that cuts out the middleman and the supermarket, while Swillington Organic Farm can plan and is assured of a market for its high quality produce.”
Helen Seymour, Headingley Development Trust
“The start of the fowl (and later pig co-op) attracted media interest which in turn brought more customers and inspired others to start similar schemes in York and Otley.”
Jo Cartwright, Swillington Organic Farm